Monday, February 18, 2019

Day in the Life - 2nd Grade

Today was a holiday for everyone else, but that just means that Mommy is home and Mommy is the one doing school with Gemma.

We started the day with pancakes and bacon. 

Then, I read Gemma a story from Genesis (about Joseph storing grain during “the plenteous years” and selling grain to people from other countries during the years of famine), a Eugene Field poem, a page in Troy & Greece (about Ulysses plotting with Telemachus about how to battle Penelope’s wooers), the last 3 pages of Lamb’s All’s Well That Ends Well, and the story of Wat Tyler’s Rebellion (I did not know that story - fascinating, especially in light of recent events and the men in the story joining the rebellion even though they didn’t know what they wanted). We did some Life of Fred: Decimals (we finished Chapter 20 and are now at the Bridge). We also did several Prodigy Titan Team Battles. We practiced Gemma’s Queen of Hearts lines for her role in the CC production of Alice in Wonderland (there’s a lot of “Off with your head!” being shouted at our house). She did a little kidztype, some spelling, some Spanish. some piano, and worked on a thank you letter. We each did 10 x’s on her cross stitch cat. She read a chapter of her We Were There Klondike book, and there was some cartoon-watching.

It was a cozy, lovely day.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Mariel’s Theorem

I woke up this morning with prime numbers on the brain. (Last night, Gemma and I read the Goldbach Conjecture chapter in Life of Fred: Decimals.)

So I emailed Dr. Schmidt to ask him what the name for this is:
Some prime numbers can be the sum of two prime numbers. Examples: 2+3=5; 2+5=7; 2+29=31; etc. One of the addends must be 2, because two odd numbers would sum to an even number and the only even prime is 2.

Dr. Schmidt emailed back and said he didn’t know the name for it, and said that I could name it “Mariel’s Theorem.” 😉 So, unless a mathematician has already named this - I call dibs!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Questions

Gemma usually sleeps in until after I’ve left for work, but Tuesday and Wednesday she woke up before I had gotten out the door. Tuesday’s crack-of-dawn question was “So, what’s a government shutdown?” Wednesday she wanted to know what elements are in fire (because, she said, some people call fire an element when it’s not). The answer is there are four elements in a flame: oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, and nitrogen.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Year 2: Term 3 - Pajama Saturday

We re-listened to Hayden’s Piano Concerto in D Major, re-viewed Cassat’s painting of A Mother Sewing, played Forbidden Sky (and lost), read about Marco Polo, located Java in the atlas, finished Victoria Rebels (next up: Cleopatra), read a little Robin Hood, did some Life of Fred: Decimals, played Prodigy together (Team Titan Battles), and Gemma practiced piano (the blues and a minuet).